Detroit metaphor #4: let Detroit be Detroit!
In all the chaos (of appealing possibilities) that outsiders see in Detroit, the city ends up being compared to a lot of things. Berlin, Brooklyn, Tribeca, Portland… You name it! It’s always easier to foresee the future when you use models but guess what, it’s also a way to erase particularities… In that sense, I heard some very refreshing words from Michel, working at the recently launched Detroit hostel, in North Corktown:
I don’t want Detroit to be a new Portland or Brooklyn, I want the D to be the D!
This French-Canadian lad, to whom I talked in English all the way without even realizing we could as well speak our mother tongue, adopted Michigan and Detroit 6 years ago. Michel belongs to those who don’t want Detroit to be reduced to “just” a cool place in the making.